Saxon has carried the flags of NWOHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) for the last 30 years. they started at the same time that Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Def Leppard, and now they bringing us their latest work Call to Arms. Their 19th studio album, a fresh collection of songs that keep the same promise that Saxon has delivered during the last 3 decades. Pure and straight in your face heavy metal.
Call To Arms opens with Hammer Of The Gods a fast song that remind you the talent and experience of the band, following by Back In 79 a very emotive song that would get you back to the beginning of heavy metal history, England 1979. the album continues with amazing tracks like Mist Of Avalon, Call To Arms or When Doomsday Comes, these last one is a track that Saxon wrote for the upcoming movie Hybrid Theory, and that also features Deep Purple‘s Keyboard player Don Airey.
The Age Of Metal had the chance to talk with Biff Byford lead singer of the band, during their stop here in Tempe, AZ last night, we talked about the new album, their current tour, the band, and their legacy, this is what he told us:
How has been the tour so far?
Last June you release your 19th studio album Call to Arms, What can you tell us about the album?
For this album you invited Deep Purple’s keyboardist Don Airey. How was the experience of working with him on the track When Doomsday Comes? that is also part of the soundtrack of the upcoming film Hybrid Theory
The North American edition has a bonus disc which is the 1980 show in Donington, why the reason to release it in America as a bonus CD?
I had the chance to watch Heavy Metal Thunder, the documentary telling the story of the band, what do you think of it? and more what does if feel being the influence for bands like Metallica and artists like Doro?
Even before releasing the album, the band was touring already, how has been the response of the people to the new material?
After North America you will heading to the south of the continent, what are your expectations of the South American leg of the tour?
Saxon has been an influence to many metal bands around the globe, how do you see the metal movement now?
Do you listen to new bands?, what bands had call your attention recently?